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Cheifs Chatter

Chiefs/Giants desperate for a win

9/18/2001

by CK Rairden
Landmark columnist

With another difficult opponent coming into Arrowhead Stadium this Sunday, the Chiefs may have trouble again in the passing game. WR Derrick Alexander’s new shoes haven’t seemed to work and he is struggling with his foot again. He failed to complete practice on Monday. The Chiefs are off today.

The Chiefs and Giants both need a win after losing their season openers. The situation is multiplied by the likely scenario of only one wild card team making the playoffs per conference if the NFL chooses to make up week two and skip the wild card weekend eliminating four playoff teams. Neither team can afford an 0-2 start.

Notes:
Inexperience a distinct possibility at wideout for Sunday—
Chiefs head coach Dick Vermeil commented Monday after practice that starting WR Derrick Alexander’s “Achilles bothered him and he just quit working. He is doubtful (for Sunday.)”

That would leave Chris Thomas as the starter opposite of rookie Snoop Minnis against the defending NFC champs. Thomas has never started an NFL game at receiver and has only 32 catches in his five-year career. The third receiver will likely be Larry Parker.

Between the three it looks ugly; one career start, 36 catches and 1 TD. That one TD came last week by Snoop Minnis.

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Wiegmann works with the starting unit—
As reported in MMQB, C Casey Wiegmann did practice on Monday. He said he felt good and Vermeil told the club’s official site that he would start on Sunday barring any setbacks.

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Union Refs to Return?
Sources have stated that the locked out NFL referees should be back on the job Sunday. Conflicting reports are saying they haven’t.
It appears that a tentative deal has been reached that must be approved by the 119 union officials. A vote should be taken today and expect to see them on the field on Sunday.

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Tagliabue in town—
CBS Sportsline is reporting that NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue will travel to Kansas City and attend the Chiefs-Giants game on Sunday.

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Mixed Emotions—
The Giants returned to practice on Monday at their practice field in East Rutherford, NJ. Some players expressed concern when they heard planes flying overhead while others stated that it was “therapy” to get back to work. Head coach Jim Fassel only worked his team for 90 minutes in what was described as a light workout.